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    Thumbs up Shri Salman Khurshid to Assess.

    Press Release

    25, March 2011
    Shri Salman Khurshid to Assess

    The Ganga Flood Control Measures in Uttar Pradesh

    Shri Salman Khurshid, Minister of Water Resources, is embarking upon a two-day tour of Gangatic banks in western Uttar Pradesh from tomorrow to assess the status of flood control measures and other aspects related to the hydrology of the river in that part. Many of these gangatic areas were badly affected by flooding last year. The Minister will be accompanied by senior officers of the Ministry of Water Resources, including Shri A. K. Ganju, Chairman, Ganga Flood Control Commission and Shri Devendra Sharma, Commissioner (Ganga).

    Shri Khurshid will start the assessment from Garh Mukteshwar in district Ghaziabad where he will also visit the Hydrological Observation Site and the embankment protection works. He will also visit Anupshahar in district Bulandshahar to analyze and assess the steps needed to check land erosion and strengthen the embankments there. The Minister of Water Resources will also get information on the flow and quality of water of the river in these areas. This stretch of Ganga river gets the central funds for various water works under the UP-14 Scheme for which Rs. 32.41 crore have been allocated.

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    Thumbs up Proper Utilization of Natural and Rain Water.

    Press Release

    29, March 2011

    Proper Utilization of Natural and Rain Water


    In India the total of average annual rainfall, snowfall and glacier melt in volumetric term works out to about 4000 billion cubic meters (BCM). After accounting for the evaporation and evapo-transpiration, the water availability has been assessed as 1869 BCM. However, in view of hydrological features and due to topographical constraints the utilizable water has been assessed as 1123 BCM. The rest of water could be considered to be flowing down to sea.

    The total water used for different uses is 681 BCM. The quantum of water required for different purposes has been assessed by the National Commission for Integrated Water Resources Development (NCIWRD). As assessed by NCIWRD, the requirement of water for irrigation and domestic use for 2010 are 557 BCM and 43 BCM respectively for the country.

    Several measures for development and improved management of water resources are undertaken by respective State Governments which include creation of storages, restoration of water bodies, rainwater harvesting, artificial recharge to ground water and adoption of better management practices etc. Government of India is providing assistance to the State Governments through various schemes/programmes, such as Accelerated Irrigation Benefits Programme, Scheme for Command Area Development and Water Management and Scheme for Repair, Renovation and Restoration of Water Bodies. The Government of India has formulated a National Perspective Plan for Water Resources Development which envisages transfer of water from surplus basins to water deficit basins. In order to supplement the efforts of State Governments/Urban Local Bodies in providing adequate water supply facilities in urban areas, Ministry of Urban Development is providing Additional Central Assistance as per guidelines under the ongoing Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission with components of Urban Infrastructure & Governance and Urban Infrastructure Development Scheme for Small & Medium Towns launched in 2005-06. A Centrally Sponsored Scheme “National Rural Drinking Water Programme” is also being implemented by the Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Ministry of Rural Development for drinking water supply in rural areas.

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    Thumbs up Central Assistance for Subarnarekha Irrigation Project.

    Press Release

    30, March 2011

    Central Assistance for Subarnarekha Irrigation Project

    Centre has provided an assistance of Rs.216.817 crore for Subernrekha project to Orissa State for 2010-11. With this, the total Central assistance for this Project has gone to Rs.1,058.35 crore. Subernrekha project is an inter-state project between Orissa, Jharkhand and West Bengal. West Bengal component of the project is at present at initial stage and is not being posed for Central Assistance under the Accelerated Irrigation Benefits Programme (AIBP) after 2002-03. Jharkhand component of the project is not included in AIBP so far. Hence active component of the project under AIBP is in Orissa State only. Government of Orissa has earmarked March 2014 as the targeted completion date for Subernrekha Project. A total of 6,920 families in Orissa have been affected from this project. The Centre has been informed by the Government of Orissa that rehabilitation assistance has been paid to 2,840 families and payment is in progress for 1,699 families. The Government of Orissa has a budgetary provision of Rs.350 crore for the project for 2010-11.

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    Thumbs up Storage of Important Reservoirs in the Country (as on 31.03.2011).

    Press Release
    01, April 2011

    Storage of Important Reservoirs in the Country (as on 31.03.2011)


    Central Water commission is monitoring storage position of 81 important reservoirs spread all over the country, of which as many as 36 reservoirs are having significant hydro-power benefits with installed capacities of more than 60MW each. The combined live storage in these 81 reservoirs at the beginning of monsoon i.e. 1.6.2010 was 14% of their designed capacity and stood at 39% of designed capacity as on 31.03.2011. The present storage is 149% of last year’s storage and 155% of last 10 years average storage during the same period. Out of these 81 reservoirs there are presently 16 reservoirs where this year’s storage is less than 80% of the average of previous 10 years and in remaining 65 reservoirs the storage is more than 80% of the average of previous 10 years.

    In order to derive the best possible benefits from the available water, Central Water Commission is keeping in touch with the Department of Agriculture and Co-operation and providing information of the weekly storage position to the Crop Weather Watch Group for evolving suitable crop strategies and also appraising the situation to various Departments and Ministries involved in Water Resources Planning.

    Basin wise storage position as on 31.03.2011 is as follows:

    • The storage position in Indus, Narmada, Ganga, Tapi, Godavari, Krishna, Rivers of Kutch, Cauvery & neighboring EFRs , Mahanadi & Neighboring EFRs and West Flowing Rivers of south basins is better than average of previous 10 years;
    • Storage position in Sabarmati basin is close to average of previous 10 years; and
    • Storage position in Mahi basin is deficient from average of previous 10 years.

    Out of 36 reservoirs with significant hydro potential, 10 reservoirs have storage build up less than the average of last 10 years.

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    Thumbs up National Water Mission under National Action Plan on Climate Change.

    Press Release
    06, April 2011


    National Water Mission under National Action Plan on Climate Change

    The Union Cabinet today approved the Comprehensive Mission Document of the National Water Mission.

    The National Water Mission is one of the 8 National Missions which form the core of the National Action Plan for Climate Change. The Mission Document for National Water Mission was drafted by the Ministry of Water Resources through consultative process with full involvement of State Governments, concerned Central Ministries, Non-Governmental Organizations, academicians and other stakeholders.

    The objective of National Water Mission is "conservation of water, minimizing wastage and ensuring its equitable distribution both across and within States through integrated water resources development and management". Five goals identified in the National Water Mission are Comprehensive water data base in public domain and assessment of the impact of climate change on water resources; promotion of citizen and state actions for water conservation, augmentation and preservation; focused attention to vulnerable areas including over-exploited areas; increasing water use efficiency by 20%; and promotion of basin level integrated water resources management.

    A two-tier setup has been proposed, one at Central level and the other at State level for framing the policies arid guidelines for implementation of the National Water Mission. At the Central level, an apex Board under the Chairmanship of the Minister of Water Resources and at the State level, a Monitoring Committee under the Chairmanship of the Principal Secretary / Secretary will be constituted.

    A very compact Mission Secretariat under a Mission Director to be supported by Adviser (Technical) and Adviser (Coordination and Monitoring) is envisaged under the National Water Mission. The technical support to the Secretariat will be provided by Central Water Commission, Central Ground Water Board, Brahmaputra Board and National Institute of Hydrology.

    The prioritized strategies of the Mission will be taken up through the continuing schemes of Ministry of Water Resources by suitably modifying scope and outlay of the respective schemes. The overall additional requirements for such activities have been duly taken into consideration while working out the revised outlays of the various schemes of the Ministry of Water Resources.

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    Thumbs up Centre to come up with New National Water Policy Next Year.

    Press Release

    11, April 2011

    Centre to come up with New National Water Policy Next Year

    The Government will come up with a new National Water Policy next year. This was disclosed here today by Shri Salman Khurshid, Minister of Water Resources. The existing National Water Policy was adopted way back in 2002. Delivering the key note address at an international conference on ‘Blue Revolution: Charting South Asia’s Water Future’ organised by the Observer Research Foundation in association with the PHD Chamber of Commerce, Shri Salman Khurshid said the Central Government is planning to convene a day-long meeting of the Chief Ministers to discuss the issue of water management and how to improve storage and utilisation. “The Prime Minister has agreed to address a day-long session of the Chief Ministers,” Shri Khurshid said. He said while the Centre is formulating a new Water Policy, which would incorporate the central issue of governance, including all aspects like environment and development, the States are free to formulate their own policies as water is a ‘State’ subject.

    Stressing the need to change the mindset about water, the Minister said the Government would bring in changes in laws, if necessary, including some changes in the Constitution. Saying that, “we are sitting on a volcano and a major crisis is staring at us”, Shri Khurshid said his Ministry is keen to make the water issue a people’s movement to help change the people’s mindset. “We would start a ‘Water Week’ from next year”, he said.

    The Minister said he is waiting for signals from the Nepal government to take forward talks with the Nepalese government following good talks with the Nepalese President when he visited India. Regarding the reported Chinese move to build a dam on its side of the Brahmaputra river, Shri Salman Khurshid discounted apprehensions of diversion of water from, the river.

    The daylong international conference on water was attended by experts from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Singapore besides India.

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    Thumbs up Shri Vincent H. Pala Inaugurates 2nd Annual India H2O Conference.

    Press Release

    19, April 2011


    Shri Vincent H. Pala Inaugurates 2nd Annual India H2O Conference


    Shri Vincent H. Pala, Minister of State for Water Resources, today inaugurated the 2nd Annual India H2O Conference 2011 at Mumbai. The theme of this year’s 2-day Conference is ‘Managing India’s urban water supply and infrastructure’. The Conference is providing a common interactive platform for key urban water policymakers and practitioners – Government Officials, industry leaders and experts - to discuss and deliberate over challenges and opportunities in the distribution, water and wastewater treatment technologies; operational challenges in the administration of urban water and wastewater systems; and opportunities in Public Private Partnership (PPP). The Conference aims at evolving solutions towards better manageability and accountability of water in our cities.

    On the first day of the Conference, a Report on the urgent requirement for reforms in urban water supply and infrastructure and the way forward through PPP was also released.

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    Thumbs up Shri Salman Khurshid to Inaugurate The Annual Conference of Principal Secretaries/Secretaries of Water Resources /Command Area Development.

    Press Release

    26, April 2011

    Shri Salman Khurshid to Inaugurate The Annual Conference of Principal
    Secretaries/Secretaries of Water Resources /Command Area
    Development/Irrigation Departments of The States/UTS


    Shri Salman Khurshid, Minister of Water Resources, will be inaugurating the Annual Conference of Principal Secretaries/Secretaries of Water Resources Departments/Command Area Development/Irrigation Departments of the States/UTs on water related issues here tomorrow at the Central Soil & Materials Research Station (CSMRS). Shri Vincent H. Pala, Minister of State for Water Resources will also address the Conference.

    The discussions will be spread over two Sessions:

    i) Morning Session - in which AIBP and related issues will be discussed; and
    ii) Afternoon Session - in which discussions will concentrate on Ground Water Management; Repair, Renovation and Restoration of Water Bodies/FPARP; and Hydrology Project-II.

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    Thumbs up From Next Year ‘World Water Day’ Celebrations to be Extended as ‘World Water Week’ – Salman Khurshid.

    Press Release

    27, April 2011

    From Next Year ‘World Water Day’ Celebrations to be Extended as ‘World Water Week’ – Salman Khurshid
    Annual Conference of Principal Secretaries/Secretaries of States/UTs Dealing with Water Resources Management Concludes


    From next year the ‘World Water Day’ will be extended to a full week and celebrated as ‘World Water Week’ to reach out to all the states, schools, colleges and media to highlight various issues relating to water. Announcing this here today, while inaugurating the Annual Conference of Principal Secretaries/Secretaries of various States and Union territories dealing with Water Resources Management aspects, Shri Salman Khurshid, Minister for Water Resources, also emphasized the necessity of taking up the issues of interlinking of rivers/inter-basin linking, flood management, etc. for better water management. The one- day Conference was convened by the Ministry of Water Resources to discuss important issues related to the development and management of water sector. It was attended by the representatives of 27 States & UTs as well as by the representatives of related Central Ministries/Departments.

    Shri Salman Khurshid stressed that the larger macro issue is about quickly increasing irrigation potential. He further raised two specific points – the first being how to make a turn around and to reverse the trend of ingress of waste water into the clean water which is the main cause of water pollution. In this context, he cited the example of Yamuna river where the clean water is turning contaminated due to ingress of waste water. Secondly, he stressed upon the issue of increasing water use efficiency and increasing irrigation potential creation by lining of canals etc. He emphasized the need of ground water recharge, ensuring enough catchment area for storing water in tanks. Shri Khurshid invited suggestions from the delegates to address the issue of encroachment of water bodies for their revival and restoration. In this context he cited the Dal and Nagin Lakes in J&K which need revival. Further, he informed that the National Bureau of Water Use Efficiency will be established to address water use efficiency issues.

    Secretary (Water Resources), Shri Dhruv Vijai Singh, called upon the participants to discuss as to how the ongoing programmes/ schemes would translate into a new vision for XII Plan. He stressed the need to further increase irrigation potential and delivering all the benefits to the common people. He mentioned some of the view points of states for increasing AIBP assistance from the present 25%. The Secretary called upon the state officials for having discussion on new schemes whether in the area of ground water or relating to technical assistance. He further stressed that more emphasis should be on possible effects of climate change and adaptation issues.

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    Thumbs up Latest Storage Position of Important Reservoirs in the Country.

    Press Release


    02, May 2011

    Latest Storage Position of Important Reservoirs in the Country

    Central Water commission is monitoring storage position of 81 important reservoirs spread all over the country, of which as many as 36 reservoirs are having significant hydro-power benefits with installed capacities of more than 60MW each. The combined live storage in these 81 reservoirs at the beginning of monsoon i.e. 1.6.2010 was 14% of their designed capacity and stood at 31% of designed capacity as on 28.04.2011. The present storage is 159% of last year’s storage and 162% of last 10 years average storage during the same period. Out of these 81 reservoirs there are presently 13 reservoirs where this year’s storage is less than 80% of the average of previous 10 years and in remaining 68 reservoirs the storage is more than 80% of the average of previous 10 years.

    In order to derive the best possible benefits from the available water, Central Water Commission is keeping in touch with the Department of Agriculture and Co-operation and providing information of the weekly storage position to the Crop Weather Watch Group for evolving suitable crop strategies and also apprising the situation to various Departments and Ministries involved in Water Resources Planning.

    Basin wise storage position as on 28.04.2011 is as follows:

    • The storage position in Indus, Narmada, Ganga, Tapi, Sabarmati, Godavari, Krishna, Rivers of Kutch, Cauvery & neighboring EFRs, Mahanadi & Neighboring EFRs and West Flowing Rivers of south basins is better than average of previous 10 years; and

    • Storage position in Mahi basin is deficient from average of previous 10 years.

    Out of 36 reservoirs with significant hydro potential, 8 reservoirs have storage build up less than the average of last 10 years.

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